, January 2014
MAHLER, G.: Symphony No. 4 (Chailly) (Blu-ray, Full-HD) ACC-10257
MAHLER, G.: Symphony No. 6 (Chailly) (Blu-ray, Full-HD) ACC-10268
The new Mahler cycle by Riccardo Chailly and the Gewandhaus Orchestra continues. Both these Concertgebouw performances are cast in the traditional mould.
This new Fourth Symphony disc contains, in addition to the revelatory, searching performance, two bonus features. Mahler is heard playing from the fourth movement on the 1905 Welte-Mignon piano rolls, and Chailly expounds on his new interpretation of the symphony with illustrations from the rehearsals and performance.
The Sixth is immediately arresting. The total performance is a new experience…
…these nonpareil performances realize Mahler’s genius as an orchestrator and music visionary. As before, no one on the stage is on automatic pilot…they are all in the moment. My attention was rapt through gossamer pianissimos to translucent, shattering tuttis. I’m sold. © 2014 The WholeNote Read complete review